Grants to Green funding allowed Blue Hill Public Library to replace period pendant lamps and other fixtures with new LED light strips
that reduced electricity consumption by nearly 30 percent.
Photo: Thalassa Raasch/MaineCF

 An expanded Belvedere program will assist nonprofits that face high energy costs.

Maine’s picturesque downtowns are home to many nonprofits – theaters, museums, libraries, and others that count preserving history as a priority. But that commitment can come with high operating costs for organizations in aging structures.

Starting this year, the Belvedere Historic Preservation and Energy Efficiency Fund will help nonprofits implement energy efficiency measures in their historic buildings. The fund will award an additional $100,000 in grants of up to $20,000 each for capital expenses related to restoration of historic buildings, including the cost of energy audits and energy efficiency upgrades.

The Belvedere expansion is the result of a successful pilot program called Grants to Green, a three-year effort of the community foundation, Maine Development Foundation, Efficiency Maine, and the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. From 2014 to 2017, Grants to Green funded 27 projects that allowed nonprofits to put savings from reduced energy use toward programming and to sustain their historic structures.

For more information on the program, please visit the Grants & Nonprofits pages on or contact Maggie Drummond-Bahl, mbahl@, (207) 412-0839. Donations to the grant fund are welcome; please contact Maggie if you’re interested in contributing.